Master plan in
works for Baldy
Resort plans new ski runs,
By GREGORY FOLEY
Express Staff Writer
Pursuant to its release of a
50-year master plan to develop 2,800 acres of private land, Sun Valley
Co. is preparing to release a 10-year master development plan for its
approximately 3,200 acres of leased federal land on Bald Mountain.
Wally Huffman, general manager of
Sun Valley Co., announced Tuesday, April 6, that the company in June
will submit to the U.S. Forest Service a proposed new master plan for
the Sun Valley ski area.
Huffman said the plan will likely
propose a gondola from River Run to the Lookout summit, a new dining
lodge to replace the Lookout Restaurant and additional snowmaking
In addition, the plan will likely
propose two new ski runs.
One run, Huffman said, could be
routed from Seattle Ridge east toward Turkey Bowl and eventually
finishing at the base of the Cold Springs chairlift. A second ski run
could be cut to provide access from International, at the top of the
Warm Springs face, along the north ridge down to Cozy ski run.
Huffman noted that Sun Valley Co.
has almost developed all of the potential projects it would be allowed
to complete on Bald Mountain. He estimated that the mountain is 90
percent "built out."
Kurt Nelson, Forest Service
Ketchum District ranger, said Sun Valley’s special-use permit to operate
the ski area will be up for renewal in 2007. The ski area was last
permitted in 1977.
The last time Sun Valley Co.
updated its Bald Mountain Master Plan was in 1989.
"They pretty much have run through
all the projects that were outlined in the master development plan,"
Nelson noted that it is preferable
from the Forest Service’s perspective that the master be updated prior
to consideration of a new 30-year special-use permit.
The plan, Nelson said, will be
subject to public review and a formal government analysis after it is
submitted for consideration.
Bald Mountain is under the
jurisdiction of both the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land
Management. The BLM will take part in the Forest Service’s review of the
Sun Valley plan.